During this vacation, I started thinking about the waves of the sea and what lessons they might be able to teach us. Below are four life lessons of the waves. … More Life Lessons of the Waves
In part one of this series (The Sea is Calling) I began to explore what the sea might be trying to communicate to us about the reality of God. Millions around the world are drawn to the ocean every year; could it be because there are powerful symbols that point us to a greater substance? … More The Sea is Calling: Part 2
I am writing this while on vacation in Topsail, NC. This is our second time here, with my wife’s side of the family. The beach is a special place for me. Growing up, my family went to Wildwood, NJ every year, which was the highlight of the summer but also the marking of the beginning … More The Sea is Calling: Part 1
It is up to each of us to discern distractions in our lives in each season of life. We all have a race to run that has been marked out for each of us by God. I recently recorded a little message about this on my podcast site (You can listen to it here: Keeping Focus). A race requires focus. And this race is not a sprint, but a marathon. We can’t simply have “spurts of passion” for God. We need to stay on the track he wants us to be on, not being distracted by other paths that might seem easier, more attractive or are of our own choosing, but are dead-ends. … More Overcoming Distractions
I don’t know about you, but I know it’s true of me, and even Jesus’ first disciples, that it is easy to lose that sense of child-likeness. I know first-hand and in very deep ways, how easy it is to become cynical, jaded, even bitter, due to the disappointments, hurt and things you see or experience in dealing with people and in ministry on a very intimate level. Here are four ways Jesus calls us to become more childlike. … More 4 Ways to Become More Childlike
Today, on Easter Sunday, as we remember the stone that was rolled away out of which Jesus emerged to new life, I pray the same will happen for you. Whatever “very large” stone has trapped you or is crushing you, may it be removed in Jesus’ name! May you experience His resurrection and victorious power. … More 5 Stones He Still Rolls Away
Many of us do nothing for God because of “stones” that exist in our mind. There are obstacles that hold us back from even moving towards those situations. We feel called to serve but we see no way that we can do it, so we don’t even attempt. And because we don’t attempt, we never witness the resurrection power and reality of our Living Savior! … More How Stones are Rolled Away
It’s the day in between death and resurrection. It’s the pause between the promise and the fulfillment. It’s the space between our dreams being shattered and hope being restored. It’s when we bury what has died but have yet to experience new life from the seed that is planted. It’s the day when, well, nothing seems to be happening. It’s the day when we are caught in confusion, despair and disillusionment; an end has come but new life has not yet begun. … More In Between Friday & Sunday
However, did you know this is not the last time the phrase “It is Finished” is used? While the sacrifice for sin to make possible our salvation, redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation with God was finished; the reality is there are many still living apart from God, evil still is at work in the world and heaven has not come to earth. There are more things “yet to be done.” … More The 3 “It is Finished” Statements
It may be standing right in front you. … More What is Truth?
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. -Hebrews 6:12 This is not an easy article for me to write. I hate waiting. I live in a culture that is also very fast-paced, expects immediate gratification and is results oriented. I … More God is not in a Hurry
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world…I was a stranger and you invited me in… “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you a stranger and … More Serving Refugee’s
I just returned from leading a team of 10 from the US (including my wife and oldest daughter!) on a fantastic mission trip to Ukraine. What made this trip more meaningful for me as someone on the “inside” of ServeNow, was the fact that we witnessed a literal miracle revolving around the 7,000 Christmas Gifts that … More 2017 Ukraine Mission Trip
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1 Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve had it on my heart to write a little family/ministry update…as we truly do have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. God has been good and it is comforting to know his faithful … More Family/Ministry Update
I just returned from my 12th trip to India, and our national director in India summed it up well: For the past 9 days, our international team has been on a whirlwind tour of 5 locations, ministering to 200 pastors and leaders through seminars on launching The Basic Series, and providing winter covering for 500 … More Mission Trip Report: Seeing God
I am writing this article on September 11th, 2016…fifteen years to the day that America was attacked by terrorists in the worst terrorist attack in this country’s history. And yet, fifteen years later, terrorism around the world and here at home, is more of a threat than ever … More Terrorism: A Response
World missions is not just the calling of some Christians; it is the responsibility and calling of all. … More Why World Missions?
There is such a big difference between us setting out to “work for God”, versus God doing his work in us and through us! God is not looking for us to work for him. However, he is looking for worshippers through whom he can do his work! (John 4:23). … More Abide
I absolutely love my role and position at the mission organization I serve with. I don’t mean position as in my job title, but position in the sense of opportunity to impact thousands of lives around the world with the Word of God and the love of God in action. It is exciting to see … More My Passionate Plea
The other day, I experienced my first time in a courtroom. I waited to stand before a judge and receive my “sentence.” Like many other poor souls, I got pulled over for speeding in the state of Virginia. In Virginia, there is a law that if you are going 20 miles or more over the speed limit, you don’t just get a normal speeding ticket; it is considered reckless driving, which is a criminal offense! … More The Judge
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard … More The Heavenly City
The other day, a friend of mine wrote me an e-mail requesting that I write an article about something he struggles with (along with anyone else, I think, who has seriously thought about it): truly surrendering your life to God. Why is surrendering our lives to God and his will such a struggle? I believe … More The Real but Irrational Struggle of Surrender
I’ve been meaning to write this article for quite some time now, even before I woke up to the news today of another mass shooting in the United States, this time in Orlando, Florida. It was yet again another reminder that evil, pain and suffering exist and happen not only in “other” parts of the … More Why Does God Allow Pain & Suffering?
There are a lot of things that pass as “Christian” but are actually very unbiblical or unChrist like. Below are ten of my top “pet peeves” that commonly pass as “Christian” but fail the biblical test when examined more closely. Some may surprise you, even might offend you! … More My Top Ten “Christian” Pet Peeves
It’s been just over a year since I moved our family out to Colorado from the East Coast. After six years of pastoring a church in New Jersey, we decided to join with a mission organization called ServeNow. We were moved by the stories and amazed by the impact they were having around the world … More What Now?
“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by … More The Grace of Giving
One of the core tenants of the Christian faith is the concept of the Trinity; one God in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). While the word trinity itself is not found in the Bible, the New Testament implicitly and explicitly teaches this idea (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:21-22, John 14-16, 2 Corinthians 13:14). It … More The Mystery & Reality of the Trinity
“Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings … More Reflecting the Triune Nature of God
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed … More Come, Follow Me
“Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.” -Ezekiel 1:28 “Peter and his companions were very … More The Eternal, Limitless, Beauty of God
“But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he … More Touching God & The Touch of God
The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that this life is not all there is. There is an eternity that awaits us and is rushing upon us. This is good news for the believer in Christ; it is bad news for the unbeliever. It is our very hope as believers; it is the very hope unbelievers are missing. … More Live in Light of Eternity
The other night, my wife and I went out to dinner with new friends of ours. During the course of dinner, conversation began to move to “spiritual things.” The husband explained that he was an “agnostic” and began to put forward the various reasons of why that was so. One of the main “stumbling blocks” … More The Justice of Hell
Psalm 146:5: “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” I seem to have a trust issue. For some reason, deep down, I don’t always really live trusting that God will truly provide what is needed, whatever the needs may be. For example, over the … More Our Helper
I have a new message that is burning in my heart. This “new” message is actually however an “old” message (to borrow language from John the apostle: see 1 John). In fact, most self-identified followers of Jesus are familiar with the passage this comes from. It has famously been called “the Great Commission.” Sadly, however, … More Go
“He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.” (Mark 6:48) An incredible miracle had just happened. Jesus had told his disciples to feed a crowd of over 5,000 people, but all they had was five loaves of bread and two fish. Their initial discouragement and bewilderment turned to overwhelming … More Straining at the Oars (He see’s you!)
In the course of just a year and a half, our girls have attended a Christian school, been home-schooled and now are in a public school. By next school-year it may change again! Which one is right? Which one is right more specifically for a Christian family? Over the years, especially while I was pastoring … More Public, Christian or Homeschool?
I just returned from a very heart-moving and heart-wrenching trip to Nepal (you can read about it here). I had read before going that Nepal was one of the poorest countries in the world yet still was a bit shocked by how poor it really is. The last slum we visited was perhaps the worst … More Poor, yet Rich. Rich, yet Poor.
Recently, after an opportunity to meet one on one with Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, I had the joy of being at their Tuesday night prayer meeting. When a couple thousand people show up on a Tuesday night to pray you know you are in a very special place in … More God’s Presence
ServeNow has just been offered two matching grants for this holiday season to double the impact of each gift given! The first is for $31,900 specifically to rebuild a classroom building for orphaned children in Uganda. We have already completed two buildings this year. But there are over 35 classrooms that need rebuilt for the 3,000 … More Three Urgent Needs
Late one night this week I suddenly had it impressed on my mind to write a brief blog article addressing the question: Does God really love me? This same week I heard a short radio recording speaking to this issue and then the founder and current president of ServeNow spoke to this issue at our … More Does God Really Love Me?
Wow. How do you describe the indescribable? How do you capture the raw emotion, the overwhelming of the senses or the stories behind every wrinkle and smile? Words, pictures, even video’s fall short. They can communicate and convey and give meaning…but they are still lacking “flesh.” Similar to the fact that “In the beginning was … More Stories from India
Have you ever wondered what Jesus see’s when he looks at you? Have you ever wondered what he would say to you? One of my favorite accounts in Scripture is when Peter first personally meets Jesus. John 1:42 simply records this: “Jesus looked at him and said: You are Simon son of John. You will … More When Jesus Looks at You
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Political instability has been a continual reality. But the growth of the church in Nepal over the last 50 years has been remarkable. Now is the time to serve in Nepal! Consider joining me on a trip this December 28th-January 8th to Nepal Click the … More Nepal
Just this week I got back from a trip to Sweden and Ukraine. This was a trip meeting with leaders, board members and partners regarding ServeNow’s ministry and future. One of the most exciting things about to begin this fall is the opening of a bakery in Ukraine for young women at risk of trafficking/prostitution. … More From Trafficking to Training
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe with a population of over 45 million. In 1991 Ukraine declared its independence but recently Russia moved to reclaim Crimea. There continues to be conflict on the Eastern side of Ukraine and close to 1 million people have been displaced. To read about how ServeNow is responding to … More Ukraine
Ezekiel 37:1-3: “The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the … More Can These Bones Live?
I think “waiting on the Lord” is one of the single hardest aspects of the Christian life. Lately, I have been really battling my impatience and frustration over plans seemingly not working out or taking forever to work out! I have been complaining even to the Lord that it so often seems like his timing … More Waiting on the Lord
I think the greatest need within the “church” world is a “recapturing” of or awakening to the “fear of the Lord.” There are so many things I could point to that actually grieves my heart and I believe grieves the Holy Spirit and reveals our desperate need for this reality. For example, I just finished … More The Fear of the Lord
In 2008 Cyclone Nargis devastated a country (Myanmar/Burma) that up to that point I had never heard of before. It was the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s history. When I heard about this cyclone my heart felt like it was being “slammed” and “overwhelmed” with a compassion I have rarely felt before. I began to … More Floods: A Cry from Myanmar